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Call for Papers: Special Issue on Dependability in Cyber Physical Systems and Applications



Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) is a speedily emerging area that will cover every aspect of life in the near future. Semiconductors and the Internet have revolutionized and transformed our lives and how we interact with information, which has in turn led to the growth of information technology. Today we are in a CPS paradigm that will transform the way we interact with, and manipulate, physical systems. CPS represents a bold new generation of systems that integrates computing and communication capabilities with the dynamics of physical and engineered systems. Vast major investments are being made worldwide in developing this technology and its impact on the economy and social structure has yet to be realized. No matter how integrated cyber-physical worlds are to develop, there is no doubt that they must be "dependable". 

Increasingly, individuals, practitioners, and organizations have begun to develop or procure sophisticated CPS in whose dependability of services they must have great confidence. Future CPS systems need to close the dependability gap in the face of challenges in different circumstances and services, e.g., continuity, effective performance, real-time responsiveness, ability to overcome data fault/corruption/anomaly, ability to avoid catastrophic failures, prevention of deliberate privacy intrusions, reliability/availability/sustainability/adaptability/heterogeneity/security/safety, and so on. Therefore, we have a wide open area of research to explore and exploit the challenges and immense opportunities in this dependable CPS arena. 


This special issue focuses on bringing together current research ideas and techniques from researchers and practitioners belonging to a myriad of research areas, with the final goal of sharing their specific challenges and solutions for CPS dependability. More specifically, contributions related to dependability aspects of CPS applications/systems in practice are of interest. The scope for this special issue includes but is not limited to the following list:
•    Theoretical foundations of dependability in controlling/managing/monitoring in CPS
•    Architectural framework and design methodologies for dependable CPS
•    Dependable software platforms for managing CPS
•    Dependability issues in Big Data analytics for CPS
•    Dependability issues in Cloud-assisted CPS
•    Dependability issues in sensor network protocols for CPS
•    Fault models and fault tolerances in both cyber and physical subsystems
•    HCI models and HCI system failure and recovery
•    Cyber security, privacy, safety, availability/reliability issues in distributed CPS and applications
•    Dependability issues in CPS applications (including robotics, autonomous vehicles, manufacturing, transportation, smart energy, smart civil infrastructure, and healthcare)
•    Dependability measurement, modeling, evaluation, and tools for CPS

Evaluation Criteria

All papers submitted to this special issue will be evaluated according to relevance, novelty, and new contributions. Particularly, the paper must show enough evidence of contributions to CPS applications/systems in practice. 


•    Manuscript submission due: April 15, 2017
•    First-round pass notification: May 15, 2017
•    First round of reviews complete: August 15, 2017
•    Second round of reviews complete: October 15, 2017
•    Final notification: November 15, 2017
•    Target publication: 2017/2018


Md Zakirul Alam Bhuiyan, Fordham University, USA
Sy-Yen Kuo, National Taiwan University, Taiwan
Damian Lyons, Fordham University, USA 
Zili Shao, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong 

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